Canada-Wide Settlement: Seeking Justice for Opioid Victims

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin and OxyNEO, has agreed to a monumental $20 million class action settlement in a pivotal legal development. This groundbreaking agreement, which has received judicial approval in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan, represents a significant stride toward accountability in pharmaceutical litigation.

The Opioid Emergency in Canada

Canada is grappling with a profound opioid crisis, and OxyContin has significantly exacerbated this public health emergency. According to data from the Government of Canada, opioid-related overdoses claimed the lives of over 17,000 individuals between January 2016 and September 2021 alone. There is an urgent need for intervention and continued accountability within the pharmaceutical industry.

OxyContin, a potent opioid pain reliever, gained widespread popularity in Canada following its introduction in the 1990s. Marketed as a revolutionary solution for chronic pain management, the drug’s high potency and addictive properties …

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Purdue’s Ad Agency Settles Oxycontin Lawsuit

For the very first time, a company that worked on Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin ads has settled a lawsuit claiming they falsely said opioids were safe, according to CNN.

Publicis, a French marketing firm, agreed to pay $350 million within two months and won’t work with any more opioid companies, according to New York Attorney General Letitia James. She and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser led the talks, joined by eight other states.

“For ten years, Publicis helped opioid makers like Purdue Pharma convince doctors to give out too many opioids, which made the opioid crisis worse and hurt communities everywhere,” said James. “Money can’t make up for the lives lost and the addiction caused, but with this deal, Publicis will stop their illegal actions.”

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Boston Lawsuit Eyes PBMs as Culpable in Opioid Epidemic

The city of Boston is intensifying its legal efforts against the opioid epidemic by filing a lawsuit targeting pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The city’s complaint alleges that these PBMs collaborated with drug makers to promote the use of prescription opioids like Oxycontin, contributing to the emergence of an illegal market for these potent drugs.

Large companies like Express Scripts Pharmacy, ESI Mail Pharmacy Services, and Optum Rx are named defendants in the lawsuit, with the city claiming that these PBMs acted as “gatekeepers to the opioid market.

Zeroing In on PBM Optum Rx

Optum Rx, in response to the accusations, denied any wrongdoing and asserted its commitment to addressing the opioid issue. The lawsuit involves the city of Boston, its Public Health Commission, and the Boston Housing Authority as plaintiffs. While most lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic have …

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Opioid Lawsuits Are Bankrupting Rite-Aid

While there have been many stories about rampant crime in major cities, the fact is that these same cities also have a lot of opioid addiction. In recent years, states, counties, and cities have been suing distributors of opioids like Oxycontin. While many companies, such as the drug maker Purdue Pharma, have settled, some distributors and pharmacies have had issues. Rite-Aid is one of these pharmacies that chose not to participate in a bulk settlement. Because of this, they face more than a thousand lawsuits for their sales of Oxycontin and other addictive pain pills.

Rite-Aid in Danger of Closing

Rite-Aid is one of the largest chains of pharmacies in the United States, but they now face billions of dollars in death and risk closure due to outstanding opioid lawsuits. Not settling, as other pharmacies have done, including Walgreens, …

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Scientists Find Possible New Way to Reverse Fentanyl Overdoses

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Fentanyl overdoses are at an all-time high, and often, there is trouble reviving a person who has overdosed on higher doses of the drug. After all, fentanyl is one of the most potent drugs known to man.

Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid, estimated to be 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and about 50 times more potent than heroin. This potency means that a small amount of fentanyl can produce intense and immediate euphoria, making it highly attractive to those seeking a powerful high.

For some people, that high means an overdose. And if a user takes higher doses of the drug, multiple cans of Narcan, the overdose-reversal drug, may not even be enough.

Fentanyl kills over 100,000 Americans yearly, and people often don’t even realize they have taken the drug.

Fentanyl is Highly Addictive

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Narcan Goes OTC Nationwide Next Week

Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose rapidly. This is a crucial tool in addressing the opioid crisis and has proven to be a lifesaving intervention in many cases. After much advocacy, the federal government is allowing naloxone to be sold over-the-counter, without a prescription, starting next week.

The Importance of Narcan

Narcan has been a vital tool in saving lives since the 1970s. Now, it can be carried and used by anyone who comes across an overdose situation, making it more likely they get care and medical help.

  • Rapid Overdose Rescue: Narcan binds to the same receptors in the brain that opioids attach to. By doing this, it effectively displaces opioids and reverses their effects. This can quickly restore normal breathing and consciousness in someone experiencing
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Fentanyl Overdose May Be Stopped with Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

A fentanyl overdose may be reversed with the help of Narcan, but sometimes the drug is too powerful to respond. Now a company has gotten a green light for a project that explores the use of monoclonal antibodies in helping reverse a fentanyl overdose.

As a street drug, fentanyl can have different potency levels each time a user tries it. And often, the user doesn’t know where it is in the drug. Instead, they expected to get high on cocaine, meth, heroin, or Oxy. It can be 50-100 times as potent as morphine, so a person who doesn’t use opioids is highly susceptible to an overdose.

What Is a Monoclonal Antibody Treatment?

One of the most well-known applications of monoclonal antibody therapy is in treating certain cancers, such as breast cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, monoclonal antibodies …

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Oxycontin Billionaire Sackler Family Shielded From Lawsuits

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As part of a six billion dollar opioid settlement by the makers of Oxycontin, the Sackler family will be shielded from lawsuits. Rather than being held personally responsible for the effects of the opioid epidemic, instead, the company Purdue Pharma will pay billions of dollars over time.

What Is The Sackler Settlement For?

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York affirmed the plan last Tuesday. Under this new agreement, members of the Sackler family give up ownership of Purdue Pharma. Purdue will now be called Knoa. The drugmaker’s profits are being sent to a fund to prevent and treat addiction.

In addition to giving up Purdue, members of the Sackler family will give  $5.5 billion to $6 billion in cash over time to make up for the effects of the opioid epidemic. Over time, they’re expected to …

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San Francisco Reaches $260 Opioid Million Settlement with Walgreens

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On Wednesday, San Francisco announced that it had reached a $230 million settlement with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc regarding its involvement in the city’s opioid epidemic by allowing overprescription of Oxycontin to go unexamined or unstopped. The agreement will help pay expenses related to treatment, prevention, harm reduction, and recovery for individuals in the city.

The Walgreens/San Francisco Opioid Lawsuit

This agreement comes after a nine-month wait. It’s been almost nine months since US District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco decided the drugstore chain could be held accountable for significantly contributing to an opioid crisis that resulted in widespread harm in the city, thereby creating a public nuisance.

Judge Breyer criticized Walgreens for failing over 15 years to adequately monitor opioid prescriptions and identify potential misuse of these highly addictive drugs. Because of this, pill mills were able to …

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12 Students in Philly Drink Juice Spiked With ‘Wonk’

Twelve high school students drank grape juice spiked with a sedative or opioid last Wednesday at Crossroads Accelerated Academy on the 4300 block of Westminster Avenue. School officials say this is something they’ve never had to deal with before and expressed shock at the fact that so many teens would willingly consume a drug on school grounds.

Five minors were hospitalized, ranging in age from twelve to sixteen. Police locked the school down and brought the counterterrorism unit to aid the investigation.

What Is Wonk?

It’s not clear what wonk is made from. Tests are still being done on the substance. School and police officials say “wonk” is a new street opioid. However, they haven’t yet finished running tests on the substance.

Ketamine, an animal tranquilizer, is often sold as “wonk” on the street and in clubs. Ketamine is …

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